We just finished a crazy busy weekend, which involved a fun party on Saturday night. Since much of the earlier part of the day was taken up with family-goodness, I knew I wouldn't have time to make anything elaborate. I opted, instead, to make a quick fruit tower (which I'd seen in this month's issue of Food Network magazine).
Less than ten bucks at the local produce store got us melons, strawberries, and grapes. I dug the skewers out of the grilling bin, and we were good to go. I cut off a bit of the bottom of the watermelon (enough so it sat flat), then halved it to make a nice, stable base for the skewers. The one in the magazine had perfectly round melon balls, but that was a bit fussy for me. I opted for cubed melons, halved strawberries, and good old grapes. I think the different shapes gave it visual interest (and were waaay easier than messing with perfect spheres).
Need two other bonuses to this project? If you use a paper plate under the base, it's entirely disposable/recyclable. So, if you're planning on heading to a party elsewhere, you don't have to worry about packing back your dishes. Also, if you've got older kids (who can be trusted with skewers) it's a great project for making patterns!